• February 16, 2018

    3rd Circ. Backs Siemens' Win In Ex-VP's ERISA Suit

    Siemens defeated a former company executive’s lawsuit on Friday when the Third Circuit found that he either does not have standing or failed to state a claim in challenging how the engineering giant transferred to another business its obligation to pay his retirement benefits.

  • February 16, 2018

    MLBers Want Hearing Over Info In Al Jazeera Libel Suit

    Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard are pushing for an answer as to whether Al Jazeera will be forced to hand over information gathered by an undercover investigator for a controversial 2015 documentary that accused them of using performance enhancing drugs, and if it is the subject of their defamation lawsuit.

  • February 16, 2018

    Don't Let PennEast Pipeline Proceed, NJ Tells FERC

    New Jersey’s environmental watchdog and a state park board on Friday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reverse its decision to issue a conditional certificate for the $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline, saying FERC relied on “woefully insufficient data.”

  • February 16, 2018

    Pittsburgh Urges Justices To OK Sick Leave, Security Laws

    The city of Pittsburgh urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday to revive a pair of ordinances requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their workers and mandating security training and procedures in certain commercial buildings and public spaces.

  • February 16, 2018

    Lundy Law Scolded In Decision Axing False Advertising Suit

    A federal judge upbraided Philadelphia-based personal injury firm Lundy Law LLP on Thursday for advertisements that seemingly overstated the scope of its services, but ultimately agreed that a rival did not have grounds to move forward with a lawsuit seeking damages over the purported misrepresentations.

  • February 16, 2018

    US Steel Can't Duck Suit Over Man's Cancer

    A Pennsylvania federal court has declined to dismiss claims by a man with cancer against United States Steel Corp. over allegations that the company knowingly supplied machine lubricant ingredients that contained a cancer-causing compound, despite being aware of the risks.

  • February 16, 2018

    Insider Tips Case Shows 3rd Circ.'s Caution On Sentencings

    A recent Third Circuit opinion that scrapped a nearly four-year prison sentence for a former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP managing clerk convicted in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme is consistent with a wider pattern by the appeals court of taking a hard look at sentencing overreaches, court watchers say.

  • February 15, 2018

    Pa. Auto Leasing Co. Defaulted On $10.7M Loan, Bank Says

    KeyBank NA sued a car rental company in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday, accusing Fleetway Leasing Co. and an affiliate of defaulting on $10.7 million in loans and fraudulently inflating their performance numbers.

  • February 15, 2018

    NCAA, College At Fault For Foul Ball Injury, Ex-Player Says

    A former Division II college baseball player and his parents launched a lawsuit against his school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday, accusing them of not doing enough to protect him from a foul ball that allegedly struck him and caused severe neurological damage.

  • February 15, 2018

    Pa. Justices Snub Patient's Appeal Over Brain Hemorrhage

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a patient who claimed that a doctor’s failure to advise him to take blood-monitoring tests caused a brain hemorrhage.

  • February 15, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Appeal Or Retrial: Can't Have Both, Ex-Cozen Atty Argues

    A Pennsylvania attorney facing part of a $2.3 million verdict for abusive probate litigation against a former Cozen O'Connor partner should not receive a new trial, the winner of that verdict argued in a state court filing Wednesday, saying a pending appeal in the case invalidated claims that an expert committed perjury.

  • February 15, 2018

    Mariner East Drilling To Resume At Site Of Damaged Aquifer

    Sunoco Pipeline LP has received the go-ahead to resume drilling on a segment of its Mariner East 2 pipeline where damage to an aquifer triggered a broader halt to the project, Pennsylvania regulators announced Thursday, a week after hitting the company with a $12 million fine.

  • February 15, 2018

    Pa. Judge's Defamation Suit Over Book To Stay In Fed Court

    A judge on the Philadelphia County bench suing over his portrayal in a book about the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnel had a legal setback Wednesday when a Pennsylvania federal judge decided to keep the case in federal court, upending her earlier decision to move the case back to the judge's home court.

  • February 15, 2018

    Co. Can't Dodge Liability For Worker's Finger Amputation

    A Pennsylvania state judge is refusing to allow Carpenter Technology Corp. to dodge liability under a workers’ compensation law provision for an accident in which an employee at a subsidiary company lost two fingers in a spinning lathe.

  • February 15, 2018

    Fake Atty Convicted In Pa. Of Bogus Nationwide Practice

    A fake attorney has been convicted in Pennsylvania federal court of running a bogus nationwide law practice out of his New Jersey home and defrauding more than 100 victims from around the world, authorities announced on Wednesday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Senate Panel OKs Trump 7th Circ. Pick Over Dem Objections

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced one of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, even as Democrats cried foul over the panel ignoring Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s objections to Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • February 14, 2018

    Doc’s Trial Win Preserved In Case Over Botched Biopsy Death

    A Pennsylvania appellate court declined Wednesday to revive a suit brought by the husband of a deceased patient who blamed a bungled biopsy for his wife’s death, ruling that the trial court judge had decided correctly on several evidence-related questions regarding the trial.

  • February 14, 2018

    Mushroom Farms To Settle Price-Fixing MDL Class Action

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday granted preliminary approval to two mushroom farms looking to pay a combined $375,000 to settle out of broader class-action multidistrict litigation accusing growers and sellers of the fungi of a price-fixing conspiracy.

  • February 14, 2018

    Name Partner's Son Forged To Steal $827K From Pa. Firm

    A former office manager and son of a name partner at Pittsburgh bankruptcy firm Calaiaro Valencik pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to using forgery to plunder more than $827,000 from the firm’s accounts.

Expert Analysis

  • Register Your California Cannabis Trademarks Now

    Joshua Cohen

    Any cannabis business that is holding its breath waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to start registering cannabis-related trademarks should give up. But those located in states that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal cannabis should immediately seek state trademark registration where available, says Joshua Cohen, leader of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP's intellectual property group.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • Emerging Trends In FCA Enforcement: 2018 Outlook

    Vince Farhat

    Two new policies from the U.S. Department of Justice, along with ongoing developments concerning the elements of scienter and materiality stemming from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Escobar, have the potential to significantly change the landscape of False Claims Act enforcement in the year ahead, say attorneys with Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 'Throw' Your Mini-Opening To Get The Best Jury Possible

    Christina Marinakis

    In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire. You can use this as an opportunity to identify your worst jurors and get them removed from the panel — by previewing your case weaknesses and withholding your strengths, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.

  • Eminent Domain In The Wake Of Natural Disasters

    Briggs Stahl

    When states and municipalities rebuild permanent infrastructure following disasters, they may be able to reduce the damages caused by eminent domain by planning carefully. In particular, examining preventative solutions allows more time for planning and designing projects to reduce future damages to owners, says Briggs Stahl of RGL Forensics.

  • Your Case Was Remanded By The MDL Court — Now What?

    Brandon Cox

    Multidistrict litigation is an ever-expanding driver of product liability litigation, but when the MDL process runs its course there is often still a trial to be had, and there are strategic and practical decisions to consider once a case has been remanded. Brandon Cox and Charissa Walker of Tucker Ellis LLP offer tips on how to navigate the remand process.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.